Journalist Ilıcak to be forcibly brought to court in ‘PM insult case’

While Ilıcak did not appear in court on Tuesday for a hearing of the trial at the İstanbul 2nd Criminal Court of First Instance, Davutoglu’s lawyers were in attendance. The judge delayed the hearing as Ilıcak was not there to defend herself but ruled that the police will accompany her to court.

Ilıcak recently wrote an article titled “Conspiracy theories and those idiots,” in which she criticized the decision not to comply with a court’s ruling to release Samanyolu Broadcasting Group General Manager Hidayet Karaca and 62 police officers and defined it as a violation of the law.

In her article, Ilıcak lambasted the government and the pro-government media for their claim that the order to release Karaca and the rest came from Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish Islamic scholar living in the US.

“Let’s turn a blind eye to those trolls who made such claims on social media. But how about the prime minister? In one of the election rallies [before the Nov. 1 general election], Davutoglu said: ‘We cannot allow those judges and prosecutors who mobilize following orders from Pennsylvania [referring Gulen] to issue certain rulings. This country is not unclaimed. Those judges who ruled for [the] release [of Karaca and the police officers] received instructions from Pennsylvania to do so. We have video footage showing that to be the case. If someone instructs you [judges] to issue a verdict and you apply it, then you meant to betray this country.’ Now all expect the video footage to be published proving such instructions. Will Davutoglu present the supplications posted on as evidence to his claims as I guessed? Or does he really have footage showing a direct order saying ‘release Karaca and the police officers.’ In my opinion, he means the first option.”

Ilıcak concluded her article by writing: “Let’s assume such an order was really given. Does any [terrorist] organization use such primitive methods to give such instructions? … Unfortunately there are still some idiots who buy such claims.”

Ilıcak was fired from the Bugun daily after the government appointed trustees to the İpek Media Group, which owns Bugun and several other dailies and TV channels, for the media group’s critical stance against the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party).

She is currently a columnist at Ozgur Dusunce, which has been resurrected from the ashes of the Bugun daily.